PUNE: The professional golfers’ worst fear seems to be coming true as the national body, PGTI, has arrived at a consensus to extend the current season into 2021. The conclusion effectively means the domestic circuit is unlikely to resume this year.
The PGTI Board members, who met via video conference late on Monday to “assess the current situation and decide on the way forward”, agreed that in the current health situation across the country, it would be in the best interest of the Tour to carry forward the current season to next year.
“The COVID-19 guidelines prescribe 14-day quarantine, no food or water to be allowed on the course and changing rooms can’t be used. Social distancing is not a problem in golf, but in such a scenario, we cannot host a tournament,” Gurki Shergill, a Tour winner and member on the PGTI Board, told TOI.
The Bengal Open on March 12-15 was the last event to be played before four scheduled events were postponed.
PGTI’s contractual obligations with its major sponsors require a minimum of 18 events to complete a season. Also, a player should have played one-third of the number of events to keep his card.
“The ICMR has predicted the pandemic peaking in November. So even if we start in November-December, it wouldn’t be possible to conclude the season this year,” Shergill said.
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